Caitlyn Trevor, PhD

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Caitlyn Trevor, PhD
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow

Tel.: +41 44 635 74 43



I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow researching music and fear (Project: EMUSIG) at the CANEURO lab at UZH. I recently completed my PhD in Music Theory at The Ohio State University. While there, I worked with David Huron as part of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory and taught undergraduate music theory and aural skills. I am also a cellist and a composer. My research interests include film music, vocal affective cues, topic theory, performance decision making, music theory pedagogy, string pedagogy, and affective neuroscience. 

Curriculum vitae



PhD in Music Theory, The Ohio State University

Master of Music in Cello Performance, The Ohio State University
Master of Arts in Music Theory, The Ohio State University
2010–2014 Bachelor of Arts in Music, Illinois Wesleyan University

Scientific experience

2019 - current

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellow at UZH

2014 - 2018
Researcher in the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory at OSU
Summer 2015 Center of Cognitive and Brain Sciences Summer Graduate Research Associate


Trevor, C. & Huron, D. (2018). Animated performance: 'Better' music means larger movements. Music Theory Online, 24(4), 6.

Trevor, C. & Huron, D. (2018). Are humoresques humorous? On the similarity between laughter and staccato. Empirical Musicology Review, 13(1–2), 66–77.

Huron, D. & Trevor C. (2016). Are stopped strings preferred in sad music? Empirical Musicology Review, 11(2), 261–269.